Computational Plasma & Reactive Flow Lab — Current and Past Members  
In this thread, you can find some information about ex-grad-students of the Plasma & Reactive Flow Laboratory including their thesis topics and their current activities.
Min-Ha Kim
Minha was a Masters student from January 2010 till December 2011. His masters thesis topic was on assessing the performance of the latest Wilcox $k\omega$ turbulence model (2008) for flows typical of supersonic flight. After graduation, he joined BHI in Haman-gun where his work relates to the design of pulverized coal-fired boilers. Through a partnership with Foster Wheeler, BHI designs and manufactures boilers that are used in conjunction with a gas turbine to generate electricity.
Sathyan Padmanabhan
Sathyan was a Masters student from March 2013 till June 2015. His Masters thesis was related to the effect of the nitrogen vibrational energy in non-equilibrium on some supersonic flows of interest. He is now a Ph.D. student in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Arizona with full assistantship. His PhD thesis is related to experimental studies of shock boundary layer interactions under the supervision of prof. Jesse Little.
Prasanna T. Rajendran
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Prasanna obtained his Bachelors degree in 2017 from the Department of Aeronautical Engineering, Kumaraguru College of Technology, in Coimbatore, India. He joined our laboratory in August 2018. His Master's thesis is about comparing the performance of various Weighted Essentially Non-Oscillatory (WENO) schemes when doing Implicit Large Eddy Simulations (ILES).
Van Tien Nguyen
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Van Tien did a Bachelors degree at the Hanoi University of Science and Technology in Hanoi, Vietnam and a Masters in Aerospace Engineering at the Bandung Institute of Technology, Bandung, Indonesia where he developed a CFD code to apply Immersed Boundary Method and Re-meshing technique in Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics. He started his Ph.D. in our laboratory in the spring of 2019 and his thesis topic is related to the effect of plasma sheaths on boundary layer transition within re-entry hypersonic flows.
Jaehyuk Lee
Jaehyuk is a senior-level undergraduate student in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Pusan National University. He is in charge of improving the CFDWARP code efficiency in doing matrix multiplication and inversion by linking to the LAPACK and BLAS libraries.
Minindu Weerakoon
While an undergraduate student at Pusan National University, Minindu improved CFDWARP by implementing proper memory allocation cleanup in the 2019 winter semester.
Conor McCarthy
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Conor will be finishing his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arizona during the upcoming school year. Outside of the classroom, he works as a Thermodynamics Preceptor and Engineering Peer Mentor in addition to helping Dr. Parent as an Undergraduate Research Assistant. Within the “Plasma & Reactive Flow Laboratory”, Conor is responsible for using CFDWARP to analyze the results of Fuel Injection Effects on a Scramjet Inlet Boundary Layer.
Aaron Trinh
Aaron is a rising senior at Canyon del Oro High School in Oro Valley, AZ. He has received awards from the Southern Arizona Research, Science, and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF) for various science fair research projects. His most recent science fair project is to study the feasibility of hypersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerators in future Mars missions. He is greatly interested in mechanical and aerospace engineering, and plans to pursue this major in college. For the summer of 2020, he joined the University of Arizona as a Designated Campus Colleague in the CPRFLOW lab. He is responsible for implementing and testing the Park's 23 species model for Mars re-entry flows within CFDWARP. He also enjoys playing tennis, producing electronic music, and designing digital art.
Ajjay Omprakas
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Ajjay did his Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Anna University and a Masters in Aerospace engineering at the University of Texas - Arlington. His masters thesis was entitled “Numerical simulation of unsteady detonation combustion”. After obtaining his masters, he joined as a Research Fellow the Indian Institute of Technology - Kharagpur for one year to do research on the thermal structural analysis of a liquid oxygen pipeline during the chilldown process. He started his Ph.D. in fall 2019 at the University of Arizona where his research topic is related to Plasma Assisted combustion in a Scramjet.
Anish Kashyap
Anish is a rising senior at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, CA. He has a passion for physics and math, qualifying in the top 400 students in the US in the US Physics Olympiad and qualifying for the American Invitational Mathematics Exam 4 years in a row. He has been the president of the MSJ Math Club in 2019-2020 and a captain of the MSJ Science Bowl team. He is the creator of Drone Novice, which comprises a website (, YouTube channel, and live workshop community that teach people how to build and fly drones. In the summer of 2020, Anish joined the CPRFLOW lab as a University of Arizona Designated Campus Colleague and is in charge of improving the data interpolation algorithms within CFDWARP.
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